Legal Action by the Chief Electoral Officer Under the Act Respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities - Two Guilty Please are Entered



    QUEBEC CITY, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chief Electoral Officer of
Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, would like to inform the population that two
guilty pleas have been entered in two cases concerning violations of the Act
Respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities (AERM).

    Montréal Region

    The first violation of the AERM took place in the City of
Dollard-des-Ormeaux in the Montréal region between September 22, 2005 and
February 4, 2006.
    Mr Irving Rosenbaum, as a candidate in the municipal elections of
November 6, 2005, permitted election expenses to be incurred or paid for
otherwise than as allowed under the AERM, thus committing the offence outline
in section 595.1 of the Act.
    Mr Rosenbaum pleaded guilty to the charge brought against him and paid a
$1,000 fine, plus $260 in costs. Furthermore, sine the offence constitutes a
corrupt election practice under section 645 of the AERM, Mr Rosenbaum is
disqualified from voting for a period of five years.

    Lanaudière Region

    The second violation of the AERM took place in the Lanaudière region in
November 2005 in St-Lin-Laurentides.
    Mrs Colette Lavallée, as the official agent of the Parti André Auger,
incurred or authorized election expenses that exceeded the maximum permitted
by the AERM, thus committing the offence outlined in section 595. This offence
constitutes a corrupt election practice under section 645 of this Act.
    On June 4, 2007, the date set for the hearing, Mrs Lavallée entered a
guilty plea to the charge brought against her and the judge ordered her to pay
a $1,000 fine, plus costs. Furthermore, Mrs Lavallée will be disqualified from
voting for a period of five years.
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For further information:

For further information: Karine Lacoste, Information Officer, (418)
644-3320, 1 888 870-3320, klacoste@dgeq.qc.ca

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